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Title: In the pain there is healing
Fandom’s: Torchwood/Doctor Who
Characters/Pairings: Jack/Ianto, Rhys/Gwen, Rhys/Donna, Andy/Kathy, John/Tosh, Doctor/Isabella, James/Jenny, Tom/Martha and Mickey/Jake and mentions of John/Ianto
Summary: How long can one person takes being the second choice before they break? And have Ianto and Rhys reached that point?
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Gwen bashing
Spoilers: Torchwood S2 ‘Meat’ and ‘Something Borrowed’
Disclaimer: I do not own Torchwood, I am willing to take ownership of Ianto and Jack since RTD can not take care of them. I do own James and Isabella and all other original characters.
Author Note: Unbeta so please forgive any mistakes

Chapter 20

 

A slow smile spread across Diane face as she greeted, “Hello Owen, it’s been a long time.”

 

Owen could only stare at the woman, not believing his own eyes that she was really here.

 

‘Well I have finally lost it; I’m seeing people who are lost to me.’ Owen always knew this day would come when one of them fell to the pressure of Torchwood.

 

Funny he always thought it would be Gwen who would crack.

 

Well he still might be right, given her off the edge obsession with Jack. Owen has no doubt that Gwen is heading down a slippery slow.

 

But back to the matter at hand Owen knew he had finally cracked and he did not like the idea of spending his un-dead life as a nut job.

 

Like she could read his mind Diane told him, “You’re not crazy Owen, I’m really here.”

 

Owen snorted. “You’re just a figure of my crazy mind. The real Diane was lost to me once she went through the rift.” He was just grateful it wasn’t Katie’s memory back to haunt him.

 

Seeing that her words would not be enough to convince Owen that she was indeed real, Diane cast aside her cigarette, marched straight up to Owen grabbing him by his jacket, Diane pulled Owen into a scorching kiss.

 

Once her lips pressed against his Owen finally realized she was really here, because as good as his imagination is there is no way he could image a kiss this real.

 

And that broke the dead man heart even more, to know that he finally had back in his arms one of two women that he has ever love, he is dead and there is no future for them.

 

If Owen could cry, he would.

 

Diane pulled away from Owen and looked deep into his eyes her heart broke at the pain swimming in those eyes she long to stare into once more. “Owen what’s wrong?” She asked softly.

 

“There is a lot I need to tell you. Let’s go back to my place.” Owen offered as he took her hand.

 

Diane nodded sensing whatever Owen had to tell her was not to be discussed in public.

 

*****

 

Never in his whole life did the Doctor ever think that he would be pleased to see Mickey again.

 

He shocked both of them as he happily hugged Mickey.

 

Pulling away from Mickey he caught Jake’s glare from over Mickey’s shoulder. It would seem that Jake did not like the Doctor touching Mickey any more than Mickey did.

 

“Is Rose…?” The Doctor trailed off unable to finish asking his question, not sure if he could handle the answer.

 

 Underneath the table James griped his sister hand, smiling at the grateful look that she shot him.

 

Putting some distance between them Mickey shook his head. “Sorry we felt this was too dangerous of a mission for her. Trust me though it wasn’t easy to keep her behind. I still have the bruises to prove it.” Mickey actually felt bad as he saw the sadness in the Time Lord eyes.

 

“She loves you Doc, she’s vowed she would find away to get back to you.” And Mickey knew that Rose would not rest until she found away to be reunited with her Doctor.

 

“I know.” The Doctor whispered.

 

Bell felt her heartbreak, she was no fool she knew all about the Doctor/Rose doomed romance. ‘He’s not my Doctor, not yet.’ Bell kept telling herself. But as hard as she tried she couldn’t stop her heart from breaking as the Doctor’s face lit up as Mickey told him what Rose has been up to since they parted.

 

James fought back a growl as he sensed his twin pain. Like their tad, Bell had this habit of believing that she was second choice for the Doctor because he couldn’t be with Rose.

 

Like the protective big brother he is, yes he is older by ten minutes; he wanted to knock the Doctor around the block for not seeing the pain he was causing his sister.

 

Suddenly James stood up from the table, gaining everyone’s attention. “Thank you for lunch but Bell and I have got to find a hotel to stay at.” James told them as he tugged his sister up from her chair.

 

Tosh looked at them with confusion. “But I thought you two were staying with Ianto?” She asked, doubting Ianto would turn them away.

 

James nodded his head. “Yes, we were but that was before Jack went home with him. And let me tell you I do not fancy walking in on them dabbling. I already see enough of that in our time.” James shuddered at all the times he walked in on his parents going at it, seriously he thinks he is scared for life.

 

So with that James dragged his sister away.

 

Bell didn’t say anything but a quite, “thank you” to her brother as she was dragged away.

 

Once outside Bell turned to her brother. “Um just how are we going to be paying for hotel rooms, we don’t have any money.” She reminded her twin.

 

James grin a very Jack like grin as he pulled out a card. “Don’t worry I have us covered.”

 

“Is that dad’s credit card?” Bell asked.

 

James nodded. “Yep, swiped it this afternoon while dad was busy with tad, now how about a room at the most posh place in this crazy town?” James asked as he flagged down a cab.

 

*****

 

The Doctor couldn’t understand why he felt a ting of pain in both his hearts as he watched Bell walk away without sparing him a look.

 

Donna just shook her head at the Doctor; she always knew the man was blind. He didn’t see he just broke that poor girl heart.

 

“Speaking of places to stay, I ever much doubt that Jack will want me to stay with eye-candy like I planned. So what do you say gorgeous, you got room in your bed for me?” John asked purring at Tosh.

 

Tosh blushed brightly at John question, before narrowing her eyes. “You can have the couch because there is no way I am letting you wonder around the city no poodle would be safe.” She laid down the law.

 

“Ooh I like you all forceful. Are you going to spank me if I’m a bad boy?” John asked with a leer.

 

“No, I’ll just lock you in a cell next to Janet.” Tosh countered.

 

*****

 

Propped up on his elbow Jack watched the rise and fall of Ianto’s chest. Thankful that after everything that has happened in the last few days he still has this beautiful and amazing man in his life.

 

He has been granted a glimpse of wonderful future with this man, one that Jack will do everything in his power to protect, which leads his thoughts away from Ianto and their future to Gwen.

 

Jack is not a fool he knows that Gwen is going not going to give up on her delusions of them having a future together.

 

And in her mind only one person stands in their way of been together and that is the man sleeping soundly next to him.

 

‘I won’t let you hurt him, Gwen. If it comes down to saving Ianto or losing you, I will do everything in my power to save Ianto.’ Jack vowed silently.

 

A shuffling sound drew Jack back to the man sleeping by his side. In his sleep Ianto rolled over to face Jack, he ended up nuzzling his head against Jack’s chest. Letting out a low chuckle Jack wrapped his arms around Ianto tucking his sleeping lover closer to his body.

 

“I will not lose you Ianto and when the time comes that I have to I will put up on hell of a fight to keep you by my side.” Jack whispered softly.

 

A soft “Jack” escaped Ianto lips and Jack felt happiness fill him to know that Ianto was dreaming of him.

 

*****

 

A maniacal grin crossed Gwen face as her access codes still worked. In all that had happen it had slipped Jack’s mind to deactivate her codes.

 

Bypassing everything Gwen quickly made her way to the archives.

 

Not venturing often into Ianto’s domain it took Gwen longer than she expected to find the desk where Ianto spent his time filing.

 

Once she did, she carefully placed the small silver circular alien tech on the desk king sure to keep pressure on it, lifting up the nearest pile of flies she slide to device under it. Smirking as it began to glow. “Soon there will be nothing left of Ianto but tiny pieces and then nothing will stand between me and Jack.” Filled with giddy she skipped out of the hub forgetting all about the CCTV footage.

 

*****

 

“Why did I let you talk me into this?” James moaned as they climbed the stairs to Ianto’s flat.

 

“Tad offered us a place to stay and it would be rude not to inform him that we can make other arrangements if our staying here would be a problem.” Bell called over her shoulder.

 

“The only problem I have with that is I really don’t want to catch dad and tad playing naked and hide and seek again.” James shuddered as the images threaten to return.

 

“Oh grow up, we both know what happens next and I plan on helping dad pick the perfect ring.” Bell reminded her brother.

 

“Fine but you’re paying for my therapist bills.” James muttered.

 

*****

 

Jack knew the moment Ianto began to wake his eyes fluttered open and Jack took advantage and gave Ianto a good morning kiss, not really caring that it was late in the afternoon.

 

Sleepily Ianto returned the kiss; he loved waking up like this.

 

Pulling back just enough to stare into those blue eyes he loves so much Jack blurted out the question that has be on his mind for the longest time, “Marry me.”

 

Ianto blinked not sure he heard Jack right. “I’m sorry could you repeat that?”

 

Jack huffed as he sat up pulling Ianto up with him. “I asked you to marry me. I want to do this more romantic, hell I don’t even have a ring, but I love you Ianto and I want to spend the rest of your life with you. So will you marry me?” Jack asked.

 

Ianto raised an eyebrow. “You better get my ring soon.”

 

Jack blinked. “Was that a yes?” He asked cautiously, not wanting to get his hope up.

 

Ianto smiled, amused at how cute Jack was acting. “Yes, Cariad that was a yes.”

 

Jack let out a whoop pressing a quick and mess kiss on Ianto lips before jumping off the bed and gathering up his clothing.

 

Ianto was confused he had thought Jack would want to celebrate their engagement, “um Jack where are you going?” He asked.

 

Jack turned to face Ianto while tugging on his pants. “Why to buy your ring before you change your mind.” Grabbing his shirt he pranced out of their bedroom.

 

Ianto shook his head in amusement glad to see his lover in such a good mood.

 

*****

 

Diane had sat quietly through out Owen’s story. Once he had finished she took a moment to let everything sink in, after several minutes she spoke, “I don’t care if you are un-dead. I came back because I realized nothing out there could make me as happy as been with you. So I am staying, we will just have to figure out something.”

 

Getting to her feet Diane crossed the room to sit beside Owen. “I want us to try, the question is do you?” Diane asked taking a hold of one of Owen hands.

 

Covering her hand with his free hand Owen answered, “I do too.”

 

*****

 

The Doctor looked at Mickey seriously as the two men headed for the TARDIS like Mickey suggested they do. “All right why are you here?” He knew it had to be serious for Mickey to come to this reality.

 

“The stars are going out, something big is coming and everything is pointing to one person been in the middle of it all, Donna Noble.” Mickey whispered softly so only the Doctor could hear him.

 

TBC… 


Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
bluelilacs
Feb. 15th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
Jack finally asks and Ianto says yes, Owen gets Diane back, and there's doom on the horizon. Lots going on in this one. Nice update.
backrose_17
Feb. 21st, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
Jack finally got up the courage to ask and of course Ianto would say yes. Owen did indeed get Dinae back and doom is coming soon. Glad you liked it.
katya_korvik
Feb. 15th, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
WEEEEE you just made my day:) well night, I should bee sleeping...
I loved the scenes whit John and darling (wicked)Tosh and as always Ianto and Jack.
and lots of spoilers for the next chapter,you mean being
I hope for more soon
backrose_17
Feb. 21st, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
Glad I could be of service.
There is more John/Tosh scenes still to come i am enjoying writing those two. Jack/Ianto is always fun to write and I am glad you enjoyed those scenes. Next chapter should be up by the end of this week, I hope.
pharlap1
Feb. 15th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
love the update
backrose_17
Feb. 21st, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
Glad you did:D
jsks
Feb. 15th, 2011 01:09 pm (UTC)
what did gwen find. what is happening with donna?
backrose_17
Feb. 21st, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
All answer will be coming soon.
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